Warsaw, from among all the cities in Central Europe, was chosen by an international company Google as the location for the place where entrepreneurs will be able to get free support and knowledge and build technology companies with a global reach. Campus Warsaw has launched its activities.
- It is an important day for our city. The opening of the Campus Warsaw is yet another step in the development of the Warsaw ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. This is an opportunity to strengthen the image of Warsaw as the city attracting creative and entrepreneurial individuals from Central and Eastern Europe - said Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw.
- The future of the development of Europe is connected with business and innovation. The opening of the Campus Warsaw is another step taken by Google towards supporting Poland and the region in these areas. Campus Warsaw will be a new space for entrepreneurs, through which they will be able to acquire knowledge, establish international contacts and create companies that might change the world - said Matt Brittin, president of Google Europe.
Campus Warsaw is the first such location in Central Europe and fifth in the world. The aim of the Campus is to create a space that would integrate the community of start-ups in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, among others, by providing a place to work together. Campus Cafe, is an event and training space, and the desks and offices for rent are intended for the members of the community of the Warsaw Campus (it is enough to register).
The activities of Google's Campus in Warsaw will draw the world's attention to the fact that the Polish capital is the right place for modern and dynamically developing initiatives. In Warsaw, approx. 400 thousand companies operate, of which approx. 200 thousand are small and medium-sized enterprises. Warsaw is a city open to creative minds and broad cooperation with initiatives supporting economic development. Major advantages are the world-class developers and technical knowledge.
As part of a consistent policy of the development of the Warsaw Technological Space, in the capital there are centres to support the development of innovative economy: The Centre for Advanced Materials and Technologies, Open Data and Analysis Centre, Centre of Innovation Management and the Management of Technology Transfer at the Warsaw University of Technology. Warsaw begins to also act as an important development centre for the start-up stage. Since 2007, the capital has supported more than 3000 companies, providing them with grants worth over PLN 50 million. Opened in 2013, The Smolna Centre for Entrepreneurship, aiding the young companies in the development of their businesses, can boast 30 thousand relationships with entrepreneurs. This indicates to the growing interest of entrepreneurs and investors in the potential of Warsaw as a city open to all activities related to the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.
The Koneser Centre in the Praga district, which is the location of the Google campus is one of the places symbolic of the Praga district. The location of the business incubator on the right bank of the Vistula river is a confirmation for the city that the Praga district is attracting creative individuals and new investments. Seeing the potential of the Praga district within the framework of the Warsaw revitalization program, the capital is planning to invest 1.4 billion PLN by the year 2022, which will be used not only for the revitalization of buildings, but also for activities in the field of social policy, planning, transport and entrepreneurship. One of the main projects in the Praga District will be the opening of the Targowa Creativity Centre next year, which will act as an incubator for companies in the creative sector. Together with the Campus and other initiatives, the image of the Praga District unique area with great potential is reinforced.